Fantasy fiction fans will be pleased to know that Raymond E. Feist's epic
Riftwar struggle in Middlekemia continues in his "A Crown Imperiled: Book Two of the Chaoswar Saga." (Harper Voyager, 469 pages)
Once again, chaos and war threaten the land of Midkemia. Palace intrigue endangers the thrones of Rolden and Rillanon.
Lord Hal of Crydee and his friend, the swordsman Ty Hawkins, are recruited by Lady Franciezka to whisk Princess Stephane and her companion, Lady Gabriella, out of Rolden and away from the snares of the evil Lord John Worthington.
In Rillanon, the Duke, grandfather of spy chief, Jim Dasher, is being poisoned. Suspicion points to the ambitious Sir William Alcorn.
To add to the chaos, Lord Hal's younger brothers, Martin and Brendan, have taken a stand at Ylith as they attempt to hold off against the Keshian assault.
The great magician, Pug, is reunited with the strange creature known as the Child who has been given all the memories of his late wife, Miranda. With their son, Magnus, and the creature formerly known as Belog and now, the scholarly, Nakor, they team up to battle the sinister forces behind the chaos that is aimed at destroying Midkemia.
Readers of this second installment of the Chaoswar Saga will find the reunion of Pug and Miranda to be touching and memorable, and they will cheer on the deepening relationship between the two daring spies, Jim Dasher and Lady Franciezka.
For the weapons enthusiast, they will enjoy the author's knowledge of medieval weaponry, especially his description of the trebuchet.
The work ends with an "Entr'Acte" or intermission for there is more to come in this exciting saga.